Van Buren will be the final stop in Preserve Arkansas’ annual fall ramble on Saturday, Oct. 22.
Beer on the Border: The History of Hops in Frontier Arkansas will visit locations in central and western Arkansas associated with the history of brewing, according to Rachel Silva of Preserve Arkansas.
A motor coach will depart at 7:30 a.m. from Little Rock with stops in Pottsville and Fort Smith before arriving in Van Buren.
Ramblers will board the motor coach at the Little Rock Visitor Information Center at Curran Hall, 615 E. Capitol Ave., and proceed to the Historic Arkansas Museum for a light breakfast followed by a tour of the Hinderliter Tavern and a short talk about the George Brothers’ biergarten that was located nearby.
The Fall Ramble will include a stop at the Potts Inn in Pottsville, which also housed a tavern, to tour the property that served as a stop on the Butterfield Overland Mail Route.
Silva said Ramblers will enjoy lunch at the ca. 1937 Maness Schoolhouse, now the StoneHouse Restaurant, near Fort Chaffee.
The next stop is Doe’s Eat Place in downtown Fort Smith, which was originally home to the Knoble Brewery. Built about 1848 by German immigrant Joseph Knoble, the brewery operated in this location until 1881.
In Van Buren, those on the tour will enjoy libations at the ca. 1836 Drennen-Scott House, Silva said.
A commanding home overlooking the Arkansas River, the Drennen-Scott House was built by pioneer and Indian agent John Drennen and was occupied by his descendants until 2004, when it was acquired by the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith.
The day will end with dinner at Oliver’s Kitchen in historic downtown Van Buren.
Ramblers will return to Little Rock around 10 p.m.
Reservations must be made by Oct. 17 at PreserveArkansas.org or by contacting Amara Yancey at firstname.lastname@example.org or (501) 372-4757.
Cost is $125 for full registration, $65 for half-day ticket which includes lunch and dinner or $30 for libations and dinner only.
Preserve Arkansas Members receive $25 discount on full registration and $5 discount on half-day and dinner tickets.
Preserve Arkansas is the only statewide nonprofit organization focused on building stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to its heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places.
By presenting educational programs, advocating for preservation legislation at the federal, state, and local levels, and assisting historic property owners with the means and expertise to preserve and restore their structures, Preserve Arkansas has been a statewide voice for preservation in Arkansas for 35 years.